Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?
Nov25

Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?

After the lifting of COVID-19 there is still reluctance by some workers to return to the office and a growing need for firms to offer flexibility in working patterns to retain and recruit staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR. New data from XpertHR has revealed that 97% of UK organisations have deployed some form of hybrid working, and, despite the trend for employers to call for return to a largely office-based future...

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Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?
Nov01

Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?

After the relaxation of the rules for travel abroad last month, Thomas Cook[i] reported that half-term bookings were up by 200% and are also expecting a surge in Christmas bookings after the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said the changes would last “at least” until the beginning of 2022[ii]. Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says that managing a big rise in holiday requests, as the year comes to an end will be a major...

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Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health
Oct08

Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health

With World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis Commercial Director at Activ People HR is urging businesses to be mindful of their employees’ mental wellbeing and particularly as they return to the office. A survey by McKinsey in June highlighted that whilst many people welcome the return to on-site work, one-third said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Also, almost half of those who...

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Overcoming the return to the office challenges
Oct05

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

This September saw large numbers of employees finally heading head back to the office, and now employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice in the long term, says Adrian Lewis from Activ People HR. Recent research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with...

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A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology
Aug05

Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise
Jul21

How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise

With businesses increasingly concerned about staff shortages following a rise in people self-isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence says employers need to urgently plan for disruption and put systems in place to monitor staff absence so they can cope. New research from the CIPD[i] has found that almost six in ten (57%) HR professionals have said they have...

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Preparing for Freedom Day and managing a hybrid workforce
Jun24

Preparing for Freedom Day and managing a hybrid workforce

As the UK counts down to the delayed ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July 2021 many employers are concerned about what the workplace will look like after Covid-19 restrictions lift, with many anticipating hybrid working will become the new norm says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. A recent report from Envoy revealed that 70% of UK workers believe a hybrid model—involving the flexibility to choose when and where to work—would...

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Codel Software celebrates 15 years in business
Jun04

Codel Software celebrates 15 years in business

Codel Software, a highly respected UK software developer and leading provider of cloud-based HR solutions based in Bridgend, South Wales celebrates its 15th anniversary this week, growing from a small family run business established in 2006 with under 10 clients to working with over 400 UK and global clients today. The company has grown from 3 employees in 2006 to 16 – including five new recruits hired in the past six months to manage...

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How companies can successfully manage the four-day working week
May27

How companies can successfully manage the four-day working week

Growing employee interest in working a four-day working week, as well as hybrid and flexible working could present challenges for businesses unless they have systems in place to effectively manage staff, warns Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. A recent survey from the charity Be The Business found that more than a million British companies employing three million workers could move to a four-day working week after...

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Monitor mental health and presenteeism more closely says Activ Absence
May13

Monitor mental health and presenteeism more closely says Activ Absence

Worsening mental health in the workplace is a growing issue, which employers need to get on top of urgently, says Adrian Lewis, commercial director at Activ Absence during Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May). New research from the Office for National Statistics[i] shows that one in five adults experienced some form of depression in 2021 – more than double the level recorded before the pandemic. Women and younger adults are most...

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How employers can keep on top of Covid-19 vaccinations
Apr16

How employers can keep on top of Covid-19 vaccinations

The NHS is inviting over 45s to book their vaccines, with younger age groups expected to be invited in the coming weeks, because all the over 50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered their first dose of the vaccine[i]. As more employees will be having the vaccine it is important for employers to keep track of which employees have had their jab to ensure the safety of their workforce, as well as their customers...

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How to combat rising stress levels amongst remote workers
Apr08

How to combat rising stress levels amongst remote workers

The nation’s mental health is now a major cause for concern for employers says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. This Stress Awareness month Adrian is pressing for employers to do more to recognise and address signs of stress and burnout before they escalate into something more serious. This follows a new study from the Stress Management Society and Huawei which found that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since...

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Long Covid could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared
Mar24

Long Covid could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared

Growing concerns around the number of people suffering from Long Covid should be prompting employers to consider how they might support employees suffering symptoms and manage rising absences, warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. According to the Office for National Statistics around one in five people who tested positive for Covid-19 had symptoms that lasted for five weeks or longer, and one in 10 had symptoms that lasted for...

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Long Covid-19 could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared
Mar12

Long Covid-19 could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared

Growing concerns around the number of people suffering from Long Covid should be prompting employers to consider how they might support employees suffering symptoms and manage rising absences, warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. According to the Office for National Statistics[i]around one in five people who tested positive for Covid-19 had symptoms that lasted for five weeks or longer, and one in 10 had symptoms that lasted...

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